July 2, 2020

Leviticus 25:1- 7…And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof. But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD, thou shalt neither sow thy field nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee. And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.

Here is another demonstration of the goodness of God on everything He created. Every command is geared toward Trusting and depending solely on Him. He cares for everyone, including maids, servants, cattle, and beasts. He commanded that the land also should be given time of rest, the seventh year. Whatever grows on the field should not be harvested but can be eaten. He knows who we are. Since this is still a command to them so as to know what is required of them when they get to the land, we will see if this command was faithfully carried out in later books.  But God knows us more than we know ourselves. Human beings are very greedy and self-centered, not considering the needs of other people. He created the entire universe, we are only strangers in this world. The land is His. He wanted the children of Israel and us to take our eyes away from our needs and focus on Him at least throughout the seventh year which He calls Sabbath year. Also, the LORD wanted them and us to have physical and emotional rest from all the anxieties of the world.

Unfortunately, the system of this world had overcrowded us to the point that the rest for a year from our labor is almost impossible. So many of our responsibilities are tied to our working and earning to pay our bills (rent or mortgage and many others). Notwithstanding, we should still devote a good time of our day to seeking and worshiping God and thanking Him for all His provisions. If one is not an essential worker, a day in a week should be declared as Sabbath (Saturday or Sunday), it should be a day when we cease from our daily activities and just sit still and commune with God by reading the Word of God. Many of us do not have time during the week, but if you can set aside a time to eat, it is possible to also set aside time to nourish your soul. Reading the Word of God lifts you up. Psalm 119:105 says “the Word of God is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”  When you delight in His word, God will lead you as a Good Shepherd and you will never lack any good thing. The Sabbath is also for our own advantage. Resting our physical body makes us healthier and happier. Our God is good. So we should learn to give our physical body rest and devote time to honor God every day. May the LORD bless you as you find time to rest in Him. Amen. Shalom!

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